Acai Berry & White Peach Iced Tea with Mint #BrewOverIce

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One of my favorite beverages to drink in the summer is iced tea. I always order it when I go out to a restaurant but I rarely make it at home. I feel like it takes too much time and it never tastes the same. I was super excited to find out that I can use my Keurig brewer machine to make my favorite cold beverages too, including my love for iced tea.

My husband and I received our Keurig brewer for Christmas, and we could not believe how much it changed our lives. Our favorite coffee right at our fingertips in just a few minutes. We are truly addicted to it, we don’t know how we lived without it.

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Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Mint Dressing

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Fruit salad and summer go hand in hand. Especially in this house. When the temp reaches in the triple digits, and stays there for 3 – 4 months, we want to eat something cool and refreshing.

The mint lime dressing is the perfect accompaniment. It is almost like a fruit mojito. You have to try this dressing. It is so yummy and I can’t get enough of it on any kind of fruit. Not to mention that it is so simple, it is almost a crime not to add this dressing onto your fruit salad.
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Fruit-Salad

I made this salad for a tapas date night, so I used fruits that were tropical and my vibrant. I included pineapple, strawberries, kiwis and watermelon, but you can use any of your favorite fruits for this recipe. I just love the combination of the fruits I chose and I love how vibrant and bright these fruits are. I used a melon baller for the watermelon, but that was mostly just for presentation. It is optional obviously. But I have always loved a good melon baller to make my fruit in little bite size shapes.

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Chilled Tomato Basil & Roasted Garlic Soup with Avocado Yogurt

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Sometimes a recipe can drop from the heavens and land in your lap. It can come from necessity, a craving, or just some creativity in the kitchen.

This recipe was made from all three. I have a deep love for tomatoes, and I was searching for some ideas for lunch and that would also fit into my clean-eating diet. I also wanted it to be something that I could easily make to take to work for lunch. It needed to be refreshing because I live in Phoenix, and the summers can be brutal. The last thing I want to eat is a hot and greasy lunch when the temperatures can reach as high as 120+ degrees in the middle of summer. This couldn’t be a more perfect summer recipe for any occasion.

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My recipe criteria was:

1. Can make in a hurry
2. Easily take to work
3. Super healthy
4. Oh so delicious
5. #dinnerdone

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I started to brainstorm recipe ideas and looked in my kitchen cupboard to try to put something together that was filling, low calorie and satisfying. I grabbed my Hunt’s diced tomatoes and basil from the fridge and thought I could experiment with making something yummy.

I choose to use canned tomatoes because they are already cooked, peeled and ready to go. Using peeled tomatoes keeps the texture of my soup the way I like it. I also must admit that I really like the flavor when it’s a premium brand like Hunt’s. I use their diced tomatoes and the main difference with Hunt’s to other brands is that they use a unique flashsteam peeling method. Hunt’s only uses steam and water to peel their tomatoes, unlike other brands that may use lye to remove the peel.

This recipe could not be easier. I make it all the time now and it is great because it just takes a few minutes, and you can make a large batch that can last you all week. I also love this recipe because you can add anything to change it up and add some crunchy texture. On occasion, I sometimes add anything from fresh corn kernels, avocado, diced cucumbers, radishes and peppers. The options are endless.

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Genuine Authentic Homemade Chai Tea

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I am at it again. I am notorious for finding a food, beverage, or snack that I love, but then I read the ingredients and its all over.  When I want to indulge in something tasty I want it to have real ingredients.
Why does the FDA add natural flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors to so many of our foods?… thats for another post, but for now, sip on this authentic Indian chai tea.
This is nothing like the sugary, super spicy, or the ones that don’t even taste like chai. This is the r.e.a.l deal.
This tasty organic//gluten free// authentic chai tea comes from real herbs and spices that will make you slip out of your shoes and snuggle up to a good book and probably finish the whole batch (at least I did) ~Enjoy!
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Genuine Authentic Homemade Chai

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of water
  • 2'' inch of sliced ginger
  • 10 cardamom pods smashed
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of an orange
  • 9 earl grey tea bags (I use Paromi coconut almond black tea)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup milk (could substitute another nut milk to make completely dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup organic unrefined brown sugar cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey

Instructions

  1. Place the cardamom in a mortar and pestle and give it a good smash to break the pods open
  2. Place all the spices into a mesh bag or wrap up in cheese cloth
  3. Bring the water with the mesh bag of spices to a boil// let boil for about 10 min
  4. Add the orange slice, tea bags, sugar, honey and milk to the pot and bring back to a boil, then turn the heat off and let sit for 5 min.
  5. Ladle into a cup, sip slowly and enjoy.
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